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Today's Features

  • Lonnie is a 6-month-old, high-energy orange tabby who plays well with others and loves attention. He is at his best when there is another cat or two in the house. To see him, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit their Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Lonnie, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours are by appointment. Cat Tails is also desperate for volunteers.

  • Brunswick Arts Council, the nonprofit arts association of Brunswick County is gearing up for its fifth annual Evening of Miniature Masterpieces.

    The gala evening will be on Nov. 22 at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash.

    The event is the Council’s sole fundraiser of the year. Proceeds will provide funding for scholarships, free concerts, literary events, reading programs, dramatic and musical theatre performances, educational programs, artist grants, art symposiums, youth programs, senior programs, in-school activities and more.

  • The Festival by the Sea is my chance to eat sinfully, at least one day a year.

    Elephant ears, funnel cakes and lemon shakeups! It has been years since I have eaten an elephant ear, but those were always my favorite. I usually get at least a lemon shakeup every year at the festival. And, if there is a vendor selling deep-fried candy bars, I may have to try one…though the call of the funnel cake is strong.

    How do you make Sloppy Joe’s on a stick? Oh, never mind, I probably don’t want to know!

  • Shorter days and cooler temperatures have finally arrived. We don’t have to mow as much because the grass is slowing down. Trees and shrubs are losing their leaves and getting prepared for the winter dormant period and sports fans are enjoying baseball’s grand finale—the World Series.

    Somewhere between watching the boys of October and trying to figure out the craziness that is the Bowl Championship Series, you need to give your irrigation system a bit of attention.

  • Fall is the time when the sun drops low in the sky and shadows grow long. Although the garden seems to be shutting down for the winter, it’s really time to prepare for next year’s garden by paying attention to garden sanitation and soil. The following is a list of tasks you might need to perform soon:

    Pest Control

  • Christmas roses, as well as Lenten roses, can bring blooms to our winter landscape. These perennials are hellebores, an old-fashioned plant enjoying renewed interest. They are not roses at all, but belong to the buttercup family. They thrive in alkaline soil but tolerate acidic soils as well. They should be planted in partly shaded to shady sites.

    There are several types of hellebores, but the two most common are H. niger and H. orientalis.

  • Professor Higgins of “My Fair Lady” fame posed the question: “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?”

    He did so because he was confused and confounded by the perceived vagaries of his female pupil, a young woman whose differences were becoming more intriguing and attractive than he wished to admit.

    The query was rhetorical. He scarcely wished his colleague Pickering to respond logically, or even to respond at all. He asked Mrs. Pearce the same question, with the same motivation. Poor Higgins!

  • Looking for something scary to do this Halloween season? Whether you’re a child who wants to dress up and seek out candy, or you’re an adult looking for something to raise the hairs on the back of your neck, this region has plenty of things to do during the creepiest month of the year.

  • A Taste of Brunswick County at this year’s Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Inc.’s Seventh Annual Benefit Gala for Children was the highlight of the evening, Cynthia Tart, executive director, said.

    About 20 local restaurants provided the 650 Gala attendees with samples of their best cuisine. A silent and live auction captured the guests’ interests, and live entertainment was provided by Wilmington band The 360-Degrees.

  • Phil and Nancy Wemyss of Ocean Isle Beach have announced the forthcoming marriage of their son, James Wemyss of Ocean Isle Beach, to Crystal Driver of Supply, the daughter of Tom and Shirley Driver of Supply. An April 2009 wedding is planned at Orton Plantation.